Winter is back.
Here in Bozeman, we are very familiar with the Montana cold temperatures and icy conditions.
At Denny Menholt Honda, we know the last thing you want when you're navigating those slick roads is a sudden breakdown or dead battery. To help, we compiled a list of the main auto repairs needs we've witnessed during this time of year.
Top 5 Car Parts that Are the Most Affected by the Cold
To be prepared for the worst case scenario, we recommend you pay extra close attention to these vehicle parts to avoid an expensive Bozeman auto repair service.
1. Car Battery
The last thing you want when it's below zero is a car that won't start. If your battery is several years old, be sure to have it checked or consider purchasing a new one all together based on what your auto repair mechanic recommends.
2. Fluid Levels
Check all levels for fluids like your engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid and more. Vehicle fluids help your car run smooth and efficient. For example, without antifreeze, your engine won't be protected against potential corrosion this winter.
Quality tires that are in good condition are your best bet for traction on the ice. Make sure they're set to the proper tire pressure, as you'll start to gain and lose PSI points like that once the temperature starts to fluctuate.
If possible, we recommend you switch to winter tires—your safety will make the investment worth it!
If your brakes are old or acting up, it's time to get them inspected, repaired, or replaced by an auto mechanic professional. Feel safe when driving on snow and ice knowing for sure that your brakes are working well.
5. Fuel Tank
Don't let your gas or diesel tank dip below the halfway point this winter. You could experience condensation, freezing, and even engine malfunction if you do.
Remember to Pack a Winter-Weather Emergency Kit
In addition to this list, we want to remind you to carry an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. There's no excuse for not being prepared for a winter-weather emergency.
We hope you won't have to use it, but you'll be glad you have it just in case!
Here's what we recommend you pack your emergency kit with:
- Spare tire
- Tire chains
- Tool kit
- Abrasive material for traction
- Snow shovel
- Ice scraper
- Flares and matches
- Jumper cables
- First aid kit
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